[STs’ note: The following history comes with an apology from the ST team – particularly Griff – for its obscene length. However, for the purposes of giving every Inquisitor and/or their cadre a personal connection to the Grandmaster of the Conclave Nova Tungusk, his history has to be lengthy in order to give players points where they can tie their own backstories in. While we cover it to a greater extent in our discussion of character creation, for the foreseeable future (at least until the end of Season One), we will be requiring all characters to originate from outside the Tungusk Sector. Thus, a personal connection to Wrathchild, or potentially one of the three Masters, is required to bring the character into the game. That being said, if players have their own ideas for connections between their character and Wrathchild, they are of course encouraged to run them by the ST team.]
Wrathchild’s Philosophical Affiliations
Wrathchild is an avowed Amalathian. During the Seventh Reconciliation upon Mount Amalath, Wrathchild presented a stirring oration, drawing upon his early experiences as a front-line soldier to condemn the wasteful use of the God Emperor’s precious resources caused by the various organs of the Imperial corpus failing to cooperate, and extolling the Inquisition as the sole force capable of uniting them under a common cause. His operations, while far from merciful, are tempered by a firm streak of pragmatism: on multiple significant occasions, Wrathchild has elected a path of cooperation over that of coercion, often negotiating highly favourable quid-pro-quo terms with Imperial potentates instead of declaring his eminent domain and requisitioning their assistance without recompense. Indeed, such is Wrathchild’s interest in the ordinary affairs of the Imperium that complaints have been logged with several sectors’ Ordo Hereticus, accusing Wrathchild of undue interference in their affairs. Unsurprisingly, given the nebulous border that separates the three great Ordos’ jurisdictions, Wrathchild’s defence that the Daemon cannot enter the mortal realm without Humanity’s invitation, and so Humanity is the first line of both defence and investigation, has proven insurmountable.
All that being said, several sympathetic leanings to other Inquisitorial schools of thought have been noted, on both the puritanical and radical ends of the spectrum. Wrathchild demonstrates a strong inclination towards the Monodominant exhortation that all creatures outwith the sacred definition of Humanity warrant extermination – Daemons are an obvious example, but Wrathchild has logged several Exterminatus notifications against Xenos worlds known for their sorcerous practices, and his infrequent but highly vitriolic confrontations with members of the Navis Nobilite are a matter of note amongst Imperial society. On the other hand, his suspected hand in several notable conflicts and insurrections suggests a sympathy towards the Istvaanist philosophy, wherein conflict and struggle bring out the greats aspects of the Human race. With both his military background and record of operations, this appears a decidedly stable theory.
Nevertheless, it would appear from consistent behaviour that Wrathchild’s Amalathian beliefs are his primary influence, especially in dealings with other agents of the Inquisition. Wrathchild is a notoriously ‘tolerant’ Inquisitor, particularly since his ascension to Lordship – a fact that has caused consternation and even outrage amongst many of his more puritanical peers. With a history that has seen him avail himself of a great many means of pursuing his sacred duty, Wrathchild is open to tolerating numerous methods by which other Inquisitors may seek to fulfil their own objectives. Reluctant to judge from hindsight, Wrathchild is prepared to acknowledge the grim fact that practicalities often necessitate questionable acts be done in the name of a higher cause; provided agents’ behaviour reaps positive results, and furthers the greater glory of the Imperium, Wrathchild is prepared to allow it. That being said, as an Amalathian, Wrathchild has demonstrated consistent suspicion towards any movement that seeks to radically alter the Imperium’s status quo, and thus has kept strict tabs throughout his career on the more extreme schools of radical thought. On more than one occasion Wrathchild has undertaken unilateral action with extreme prejudice against fellow Inquisitors whom he deemed were threatening the Imperial interest. His mission logs record no survivors, and make a particular point of honour concerning that fact.
By his own admission, the only true criteria Wrathchild judges other Inquisitors by is results: a cleanly-achieved objective earns his respect, and even pyrrhic victories are often acknowledged as worthy. By contrast, poorly-orchestrated operations, Inquisitors who rely on their power to bully Imperial potentates, unnecessarily bombastic displays of authority and other activities that threaten to diminish the Inquisition’s standing earn Inquisitors the ire for which Wrathchild was named.
That being said, despite Wrathchild’s notorious temper, long years of clear self-control have resulted in a demonstrably even hand when dealing with errant agents of the Inquisition. Only if Wrathchild is certain that an agent has turned from the Imperium will he undertake unilateral and lethal action, investing his considerable network of resources to see the target brought to him so that he may witness the execution personally. Otherwise, Wrathchild is a strong proponent of trial-by-peers, providing agents with the opportunity to explain and defend their actions, and their accusations to be judged by the twin virtues of reason and faith. Wrathchild has on several occasions espoused his vision of the Inquisition as a network of peers, joined in a shared cause, and as a result perceived transgressions should be debated and judged en masse. Indeed, Wrathchild has earned himself something of a minor reputation as a jurist, overseeing the trials of numerous Inquisitors and other agents accused of often grave transgressions. While his own assessment have at times swayed juries towards pardoning the accused, they have also often resulted in the accused’s divestment or execution. Wrathchild is even-handed, but far from merciful, and his standard for Inquisitorial agents has always been the highest.